The Best Arts Games

Update : Fat & Furious added at rank #30.
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Troublemaker: Raise Your Gang (2023)

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PC Windows Xbox One

Grab a backpack, boxing tape, and focus on what high school is all about: Beating the ever loving crap out of one another! Troublemaker blends favorite action-adventure-beat-'em-up elements from the strongest traditions in the genre.

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  • japanese
  • action-adventure-beat-em-up
  • arts
  • beat-em-up
  • 3d
  • rpg
  • martial
  • fight
  • education
  • hack-and-slash
  • jrpg
  • multiple-endings
  • romance
  • third-person
  • action-adventure

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The friends of Ringo Ishikawa (2018)

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Xbox One Mac OS Nintendo Switch PC Windows

The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa is a unique and inscrutable narrative-brawler that explores the lives of high school seniors contemplating their future after graduation. You play as Ringo and take part in 2D brawler-style combat, buy food and books to replenish your health and stamina, attend classes, study, work part-time jobs and train at the gym.


What we like:
  • Unique experience full of freedom
  • Cool pixelated graphical style
  • Atmospheric soundtrack
  • Discover routines in the town
  • Follow them and learn different actions you can take
What could be improved:
  • No tutorials or hints provided
  • No world map or quest markers given
  • Combat could feel more responsive

  • beat-em-up
  • brawler
  • 1980s
  • martial
  • arts
  • rpg
  • open-world
  • pixel
  • scroller
  • atmospheric
  • drama
  • sandbox
  • anime
  • brawler-type
  • 2d

3

Overgrowth (2017)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Feel like the star of a martial arts film in Overgrowth, as you jump, kick, throw, and slash your way to victory. Free the rabbits from their evil overlords in the main story, then play through the prequel story, and finally, try out nine years of mods developed by the community, or create your own!


  • arts
  • parkour
  • martial
  • moddable
  • sandbox
  • third-person
  • physics
  • ninja
  • action
  • fast-paced
  • gore
  • fight

4

Streets of Fury EX (2015)

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PC Windows

Fight the gangs of Paris in this action packed Beat'Em up. Up to 4 players can join in, to cooperate, or fight against each other! Many unlockables, game modes, crazy combos and devastating furies await you in this deep fighting game.

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  • cooperative
  • campaign
  • local
  • nostalgia
  • arts
  • beat-em-up
  • soundtrack
  • fmv
  • martial
  • 2.5d
  • 4-player
  • scroller
  • old-school
  • retro
  • funny

5

Tale of Wuxia (2016)

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PC Windows

Tale of Wuxia has been dedicated to providing gameplayers with a player-defined platform, where they can customize their own Wuxia. Instead of being restricted to characters’ basic properties and martial arts, in this new version, gameplayers can also choose the personalities and talents of their own.

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  • martial
  • arts
  • rpg
  • multiple-endings
  • dating-sim

6

Word Farm Adventure: Word Game (2021)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone Android

Unveil the story of Perry the Parrot, Rex the Dog, and the other farm heroes on their adventure in this awesome word puzzle game!. Want to enjoy exclusive bonuses, meet other word puzzle enthusiasts, and dive deeper into the Van Der Farm story?


  • crossword
  • word
  • arts
  • multiple-endings
  • martial
  • choices
  • emotional
  • resource-management
  • fiction
  • lore
  • drama
  • visual-novel
  • romance
  • historical
  • alternate

7

The Underground Man 2 (2022)

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PC Windows

We at MEHSOFT are proud to present a sequel to our very first game The Underground Man. This game is a pleasure for the fans of classic video games. Experience a mix of different genres such as beat 'em up, point-and-click, platformer, and many more in a thrilling post-apocalyptic adventure.

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  • arts
  • beat-em-up
  • scroller
  • conversation
  • post-apocalyptic
  • martial
  • humor
  • satire
  • hidden-object
  • pixel
  • point-and-click
  • dark
  • action-adventure
  • violent
  • exploration

8

aea Bloody Spell (2022)

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PC Windows

This is a martial arts action role-playing game. The core of the game is battle-oriented, and it combines many fighting elements. If you are a player who pursues blood and is brave enough to challenge the limits, it will definitely inspire your adrenaline and bring you the best combat experience.

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  • mature
  • arts
  • martial
  • rogue-like
  • 3d
  • hack-and-slash
  • vision
  • gore
  • rpg

9

Swords and Sandals Immortals (2022)

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early access PC Windows

Gladiator! Grab your sword, equip your sandals and take on the world in multiplayer Swords and Sandals! Brutal turn-based combat where gladiators can lose limbs, wield guitars and yell so loudly enemy heads will fall off. This is the most fun you'll ever have in the arena!

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  • turn-based
  • rogue-like
  • arts
  • rpg
  • martial
  • strategy
  • tactical
  • 2d
  • character
  • pvp
  • medieval
  • combat
  • old-school
  • colourful
  • customization

10

Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons - Sacred Reunion (2024)

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The Double Dragon brothers return in this fresh addition to the iconic beat 'em up franchise. With roguelite elements, every playthrough is a chance at new action. Tag in with 2 of 4 starter characters or unlock 9 additional characters, each with their own special moves and unique playstyles.

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  • local
  • beat-em-up
  • arts
  • cooperative
  • scroller
  • martial
  • 1990s
  • rogue-like
  • pixel
  • retro
  • 2d
  • post-apocalyptic
  • action
  • multiplayer
  • old-school

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